Boundary review an opportunity for economic development – Buttimer

Thursday, 15th January 2015

The review of the Cork City boundary and other local government arrangements is an opportunity to provide a platform for further economic development.

This review is an opportunity to ensure that local government structures are changed so that they best serve the people of Cork and the businesses that generate employment in the region.  The city boundary has remained unchanged for over 50 years and in that time the city has expanded beyond the restrictive boundary.   Everyday life and business activities have moved beyond an outdated boundary and this is a welcome opportunity for much needed and long awaited review.

In 2012 the Government set out its local government reform package, ‘Putting People First’.  This review is the next step in those reform proposals.  We now have an opportunity to put in place structures that recognise modern commuting patterns and changes to urban and suburban centres that have taken place across the city and county.

Cork city and county are key centres for economic development and employment creation; now we have an opportunity to put in place structures that will ensure this continues for decades to come. The outcome of this review must deliver reformed structures that will ensure an effective counter-weight to Dublin which will benefit the entire region.  If we can deliver a city of European scale with critical mass we will best serve the future needs of the people of Cork and provide a platform for further economic development.

For further details on the review group see here: http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/LocalGovernmentReform/News/MainBody,40018,en.htm

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, National Work

Live Register in Cork City and Carrigaline at lowest in 6 years

9th January 2014

  • Latest CSO figures show more people are at work since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012

Live Register Figures for Cork City and Carrigaline are now at their lowest in 6 years.  This shows that the national trend of falling unemployment for 30 months in a row is being felt in Cork. This is very much to be welcomed.

Another drop in the Live Register in December emphasises that the economy is in recovery and that more people are entering the jobs market. In Cork City the number of people on the Live Register has fallen to 14,065, the lowest number since January 2009.  Similarly in the Carrigaline area it is down to 1,843, the lowest since February 2009.

I am particularly encouraged that the Live Register here in Cork City has dropped by 34% from an unacceptable high in 2009.  In the Carrigaline area it is down 32%.  While this is great news for all those who have secured jobs there is however more work to be done.

I hope and expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months.  This year there will be an increased focus on job creation as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will help to ensure that all areas of our country benefit from the improved employment market.

Nationally, the latest CSO Live Register figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped to 10.6% from a high of 15.1% in 2012. More people are at work and they can expect to see a little more money in their bank account from this month onwards thanks to changes made to the tax and USC system in Budget 2015.

As the economy grows the Government is in a position to give back to the Irish people who have sacrificed so much. All workers will see a small increase in their earnings starting from this month but we know that personal taxation is still too high. We are committed to pursuing policies that make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy.

Things are moving in the right direction and the latest Live Register figures give us confidence that the policies pursued by this Government are working. Through hard work and dedication a strong, sustainable recovery can be delivered right throughout the country and in particular here in Cork.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work

Carrigaline to benefit from school building projects in 2015 – Buttimer

Thursday, 18th December 2014

Government has provided funding for five of new school projects in Carrigaline and the southern suburbs of Cork City next year.

These projects will include a new primary school at Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin and a new special school for Sonas, Carrigaline.  Funding has also been put in place for new post primary schools; South Suburbs Post-Primary School, Carrigaline Post Primary and at Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin.

As well as the new builds work is on-going at Douglas Boys National School.  During 2014 extensions were completed at Carrigaline Community School and Scoil Nioclais, Grange.  All of these projects will significantly improve the current inadequate facilities in these schools. We need to provide new schools and extensions to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population.

Nationally, €450 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €280 million.

These school projects will deliver over 27,800 permanent school places and of these over 23,700 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Posted under Carrigaline, Douglas, Education